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Another Trick

You might be interested in the attached story. I could call it “How to lose at Rubber Bridge”. Some of you will be taking part in the Rubber Bridge NZ wide competition but even if not you may be interested in this story. It will

A Joy Forever

This deal makes for a story of great beauty. Board 19 from Thursday 25/05/2018 Dealer S EW Vul We played a Howell movement which I, personally, dislike intensely. But here we were, like it or not. When we came to my wife’s table and sat

Board#16 17/05/2018

How Can You Argue With Success?

Another weak 1NT opening but I wonder how many people know what they could, or should, do. I would think that most Wests opened 1NT and most Norths doubled. Most Easts would then bid 2C which should be a weak takeout and not Stayman. Most

Board#18 04/05/2018

Bidding Went Wrong on the 2nd Bid

MrQ: Simple question: how to bid to 7♠? After 6♥ from East, I know that we have all the aces and all the kings but I am thinking that we only have 8-card fit in spades because my partner supported my spades to 4♠ only

Board#9 04/05/2018

Double Should Occur in Any System

MrQ: Is there a way to bid this to 4♠ not opening 5-card spade? At the other table opposition bid 4♠ – they were playing Standard American so was easier for them as 1♠ showed 5 of them straight away. Guru: Shouldn’t be a problem.

Pass and Hope for the Best

MrQ: Seems like West should have opened 4♥ straight away. Anyway he opened 3♥, shouldn’t North first double and then (after 3♠ from South) bid 4♦ (showing 16+) which South would then raise to 5♦? What if West opened 4♥ – what should North bid?

Bidding#16 15/04/2018

Don’t Let Yourself Get Forced Off

MrQ: Should North just leave it in diamonds? Guru: NO, 3♦ is forcing. Lucky if you stop in 3♥. Not easy to make but makeable if you don’t let yourself get forced off (don’t ruff the second or third club, which you have no choice

Board#12 15/04/2018

More Scientific Bidding

Bidding: South opens 1♠ – 1NT; 3NT – 4♠; all pass MrQ: Ended up to be average result, 3NT was making 5 without a diamond lead. Guru: You should play 5-card spade openings then the bidding would go 1♣-2♣; 3NT but if more scientific the

Board#8 15/04/2018

If Only We Played Evil Twos …

Bidding: West opened 1NT – all pass. MrQ: Because we play Hamilton we couldn’t do anything here. If we played Evil 2s South could have overcalled 2♦ showing diamonds and hearts. What should North do then? Fix it to 2♥ following the logic: we have